A hot shot television producer looks to revolutionize reality-TV by setting up a game that requires contestants to stay in the famous Camp Blood woods for a night. The cameras are rolling, the contestants have shown up and so has the Clown. Is this all part of the show or has the clown-masked killer return to his woods?
I was perplexed that Brad Sykes wanted to make a sequel to the first "Camp Blood" movie but to make a third movie simply baffled me. Thankfully this time around, Brad actually made a new movie that did more to continue on with the killer clown mytho instead of simply recreating a bad movie. Now "Within the Woods" certainly isn't a good movie either but it does actually contain improvements from the other two movies. The character Patricia is finally gone and is replaced with a lead that I actually didn't mind following. The home video camera is ditched for some high quality digital cameras - still has that video quality but it's leaps and bounds ahead of what the other two were. Then there is actual progression between the movies and the killer clown character.
Even if the movie is bad, and "Within the Woods" is bad, Brad Sykes definitely deserves credit since he did grow and improve as a filmmaker between each movie. That in itself is a great feature and admirable instead of a director who continues to turn out awful movies again and again, without ever bothering to change and grow for the better. Yeah, I'm looking at you Zack Snyder, you boner. And I'm not being fair to "Within the Woods" as it's the most watchable movie out of the "Camp Blood Trilogy" - it's the most professional looking of the three and the one that feels most like a movie instead of home video project.
I'm really not sure what else to comment on in regards to "Within the Woods" since it's really more of the same ol' same ol'. Yes, while the over all quality has improved since the first installment it's still another bad, low-budget and formuliac slasher that pretty much disappeared in the wave of DTV horror movies. It is far more watchable than it's predecessors though - the writing and story was decent enough and it played out better as well. Even the reveal of who the killer is and why they were murdering the contestants was good in retrospect.